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Congratulations to Professor Chris Lavy, who has been appointed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) technical advisory group for integrated clinical care for a period of two years.

Photo of Chris Lavy

The Technical Advisory Group on Integrated Clinical Care (the TAG-IC2) is a 22-strong member group of experts which advises WHO in the areas of clinical primary, emergency, operative, and critical care. Prof. Lavy is one of five members of a team that will advise WHO in the area of operative (surgical) care.  

“Our team will be reviewing guidelines, publications and other sorts of who materials in the surgical field and looking at setting out new ones if necessary,” said Chris. “In particular I’ll be looking at orthopaedics and trauma care.” 

One of Chris’s orthopaedic research interests is clubfoot and he’s set up the international Global Clubfoot Initiative to share expertise in clubfoot management. “We’ve discovered a lot about clubfoot through our studies, teaching and by delivering treatment to patients and children born with the condition. But as yet there is no global policy on its treatment. One of the reasons I’m part of the technical advisory group, is to help bring together some of the great ideas that have been tested across national programmes and diseases to be branded as global guidelines and protocols by the WHO.” 

The core functions of the TAG-IC2 are: 

  1. To provide independent evaluation of the scientific technical and strategic aspects of primary, emergency, operative, and critical care; 

  1. To advise WHO on the scope and characteristics of clinical care guidance documents; 

  1. To provide support and advice to WHO on evidence retrieval and synthesis; 

  1. To provide advice to WHO on validation of clinical recommendations through expert review; 

  1. To provide advice to WHO on validation of curricula and learning modules; 

  1. To identify areas where ad-hoc experts are needed to provide additional review.